Saturday, March 10, 2012

Where does McIntosh live?

For all the recent uproar about where certain candidates do or do not live (Richard Lugar, Charlie White), another candidate has his own residency issues, which I have been looking into, but which I have not seen commented about anywhere in the Hoosier media.

That candidate is former Congressman, now running again for Congress in the Fifth District, David McIntosh.  McIntosh used to live in Muncie, where he owned a house near the campus of Ball State University.  But that house was sold some years ago.

McIntosh's own campaign bio (at the end), has him living in Arlington, Virginia.
Currently living in Arlington, VA with wife, Ruthie, and two children, Ellie and David.
McIntosh's campaign bio

When I started asking around, people told me that they thought that McIntosh lives somewhere in Pendleton. But I could not get an actual address on that.  McIntosh seems to be registered to vote in Anderson, at a house owned by someone else.  Whether or not he actually lives there is anyone's guess at this point, even if it is only part-time.

McIntosh works for a law firm in the District of Columbia as a lobbyist.  Law firm bio  He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia.  His Indiana lawyer registration lists him as working for the same law firm, but with an Anderson PO Box, not a physical address.  That PO Box is the same one used for his campaign committee.

McIntosh's ties to Virginia are so strong, that last July, the conservative PAC associated with the Citizens United group asked McIntosh to run for Congress FROM VIRGINIA:
"David McIntosh and his family have lived in Arlington, Virginia for the past 5 years. If McIntosh dreams of being a Congressman again, he should run against Congressman Jim Moran in Virginia's 8th Congressional District where he resides," said David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United. "For the elites to try and fix an election in Indiana shows they did not learn anything in 2010. The Conservative movement stands fully behind Conservative Congressman Dan Burton in his quest for reelection. DC Lobbyist David McIntosh should reevaluate a future campaign."
Press release

Virginia resident?  DC lobbyist?  I don't know how comfortable a lot of Hoosier voters will be with that.  They did elect Dan Coats to the Senate over similar objections, but it seems to me that the Charlie White and Dick Lugar residency issues may have shifted that thinking.

Article I, Section 2, of the U.S. Constitution states:

"No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen."